Burundi MPs approve police searches without warrants

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has set May 17 as the date for a referendum on a controversial constitutional reform. The country's lower house of Parliament has approved a bill allowing security forces to conduct night searches without a warran. PHOTO | MARCO LONGARI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Justice Minister says measures to apply in cases of terrorism, trafficking and illegal possession of weapons.
  • The Bill must now go before the Senate before being passed into law by President Pierre Nkurunziza.

  • Measure comes against backdrop of tension, arrests and sporadic violence.

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